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By Scott Bettencourt

Next FSM ONLINE Live Today!

The September edition of FSM ONLINE will be live by noon (L.A. time) today. This issue's cover story is an audio interview with Howard Shore on EASTERN PROMISES, featuring music samples, and during which he also talks about the prospects of re-teaming with Peter Jackson on THE HOBBIT. Also in this issue is the first part of our unique new video interview series on "super-agent" RICHARD KRAFT; a conversation with Marco Beltrami on 3:10 TO YUMA, with brief mentions of CAPTIVITY and IN THE ELECTRIC MIST; a trip back in time to meet Miklos Rozsa at the Hollywood Bowl; a HARRY POTTERScore Restore (coming by early next week!); video game composer Gary Schyman on BIOSHOCK; Soundtrack Obscurities, Score Internationale and Wong's Turn all in one issue; lots of reviews; plenty of embedded audio clips, and more.

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Film music agent Richard Kraft is sponsoring a Kraftland Scavenger Hunt contest for FSM readers in conjunction with the Los Angeles premiere of the documentary feature FINDING KRAFTLAND at the Cinema City Film Festival. The screening is on September 30, 2007 at 5pm at Universal Studios City Walk in Los Angeles, California.

Prizes will include autographed CD swag bags and tickets to the screening and V.I.P. after party for those who can attend and autographed CD swag bags for those who live out of the area. The screening is on September 30, 2007 at 5pm at the AMC Universal Cineplex, Universal Studios City Walk in Los Angeles, California.

To join the Kraftland Scavenger Hunt, here are the rules:

1. Go to
2. Find the Star in the Photo Gallery under "Star Stalkers" (R1N1 = Row 1, Number 1)
3. Find the Composer in the Photo Gallery under "Film Composers" (again, R3N4 would be Row 3, 4th
4. Name the film featuring that Star and scored by that Composer.
5. Send an email to listing the 10 Film Titles
6. In the subject line of the email put "Kraftland Scaveger Hunt- L.A." or "Kraftland Scavenger Hunt- Out of Town" based on whether you would be able to attend the screening of "Finding Kraftland" in Los Angeles on September 30 at 5pm or not.


1. Star R1N2/Composer R1N2
2. Star R2N2/Composer R2N3
3. Star R2N3/Composer R9N1
4. Star R2N4/Composer R1N4
5. Star R2N5/Composer R5N3
6. Star R3N1/Composer R4N4
7. Star R4N1/Composer R1N1
8. Star R5N2/Composer R4N3
9. Star R5N3/Composer R1N3
10. Star R9N1/Composer R2N1

Just a reminder for Los Angeles area residents: next Thursday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences begins its three week seminar on film music, at its Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. The schedule is as follows:

September 20 - Traditional Scores, with Charles Bernstein, Charles Fox, Jan A.P. Kaczmarek and Lalo Schifrin

September 27 - Alternative Scores, with Bruce Broughton, Mychael Danna, Mark Isham and Rolfe Kent

October 4 - The Music Team, with George S. Clinton, Michael Giacchino, John Powell, and music editor Mike Flicker

For tickets and more information, go to the Academy's website at

Intrada will announce their latest Special Collection release next Monday at the end of the day. According to Doug Fake, "It's composed by an active veteran, the CD plays somewhat briskly at 35 minutes, and we've only got 1500 copies to go around."

Reprise will release Howard Shore's double-Oscar-winning THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS on November 6. This set will feature the score on four CDs as well as a DVD also featuring the score, as well as liner notes from our own Doug Adams.

MovieScore Media has announced a new set of score CDs. On September 18th they will release the score for THE LAST WINTER, the arthouse horror film from director Larry Fessenden (Wendigo, Habit) and starring James LeGros. The score is the work of two composers, Anton Sanko and Jeff Grace. Sanko has scored such indie films as Scotland, PA, the recent Delirious, and the Parker Posey cult classic Party Girl, while Grace has worked on Howard Shore's team on several scores and wrote the music for the 2005 horror film The Roost.

October 9th sees the release of Dario Marianelli's score for Michael Caton-Jones's powerful drama about the Rwandan genocide, BEYOND THE GATES (originally known as Shooting Dogs), starring Hugh Dancy and John Hurt. This should not be confused with Goodbye, Bafana, Marianelli's other recent Africa-set score, whichVarese Sarabande has released overseas.

Additional upcoming CD releases from the label include ATOM NINE ADVENTURES (Robert Gulya), HAUNTING VILLISCA (David James Nielsen), GEORGE AND THE DRAGON (Gert Waltzing), and LIKE MINDS (aka Murderous Intent), a psychological thriller starring Toni Colette, Eddie Redmayne and Tom Sturridge and scored by Carlo Giacco, who also scored this week's new release December Boys.

On October 23rd, Varese Sarabande will release the score to 30 DAYS OF NIGHT, the new horror film starring Josh Hartnett, about an Alaskan town besieged by vampires during its month-long night. The score is by Brian Reitzell, who has contributed scores, cues and music supervision to such films as Stranger than Fiction, Marie Antoinette and Lost in Translation, as well as collaborating on the concept album Logan's Sanctuary, a "sequel" to Logan's Run.

Tadlow Music plans to follow their re-recordings of The Guns of Navarone, True Grit and The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes with a complete re-recording of Miklos Rozsa's El CID. 70 minutes have already been recorded, with Nic Raine conducting the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, and the remainder of the score is planned to be recorded next year, and released as a three-disc set, with the score spread over two CDs and the complete score also featured on a DVD.

The latest Emmy winners in the music categories are as follows:


George Fenton - Planet Earth: Pole to Pole


Jeff Beal - Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King: Battleground


Trevor Morris - The Tudors


Justin Timberlake, Jorma Taccone, Katreese Barnes, Asa Taccone, Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg - Saturday Night Live: "Dick In A Box"


William Ross - 79th Annual Academy Awards

Alexandre Desplat was originally announced to score the upcoming fantasy MR. MAJORIUM'S WONDER EMPORIUM, the directorial debut of Stranger than Fiction screenwriter Zach Helm, starring Natalie Portman and Dustin Hoffman. Patrick Doyle was later announced as his replacement, but now the scoring credit will be shared by Desplat and the prodigiously prolific Aaron Zigman.


The Brave One - Dario Marianelli - Varese Sarabande
Captain Kronos, Vampire Hunter - Laurie Johnson - Buysoundtrax
Eastern Promises - Howard Shore - Sony Classical
Flood - Debbie Wiseman - Silva (import)
Inland Empire - David Lynch - Points South
Stardust - Ilan Eshkeri - Decca


Across the Universe - Elliot Goldenthal - Song CD on Interscope
The Brave One - Dario Marianelli - Score CD on Varese Sarabande
December Boys - Carlo Giacco
Dragon Wars - Steve Jablonsky
Eastern Promises - Howard Shore - Score CD on Sony Classical
Fierce People - Nick Laird-Clowes
In the Valley of Elah - Mark Isham - Score CD due Oct. 9 from Varese Sarabande
Ira and Abby - Marcelo Zarvos
King of California - David Robbins
Mr. Woodcock - Theodore Shapiro
Silk - Ryuichi Sakamoto


September 18
The Last Winter - Jeff Grace, Anton Sanko - MovieScore Media
Right at Your Door - tomandandy - Lakeshore
The Simpsons: Testify - Alf Clausen - Shout Factory
September 25
Deadliest Catch - Bruce Hanifan, Paul Hepker - Milan
The Kingdom - Danny Elfman - Varese Sarabande
Lust, Caution - Alexandre Desplat - Decca
Michael Clayton - James Newton Howard - Varese Sarabande
Sea of Dreams - Luis Bacalov - Varese Sarabande
October 9
Beyond the Gates - Dario Marianelli - MovieScore Media
Elizabeth: The Golden Age - Craig Armstrong, A.R. Rahman - Decca
In the Valley of Elah - Mark Isham - Varese Sarabande
The Jane Austen Book Club - Aaron Zigman - Varese Sarabande
Return to House on Haunted Hill - Frederik Wiedmann - Varese Sarabande
Sleuth - Patrick Doyle - Varese Sarabande
Transformers - Steve Jablonsky - Warners
October 23
Battlestar Galactica: Season Three - Bear McCreary - La-La Land
30 Days of Night - Brian Reitzell - Varese Sarabande
November 6
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: The Complete Recordings - Howard Shore - Reprise
Date Unknown
Angel on My Shoulder - Dimitri Tiomkin - Screen Archives
Atom Nine Adventures - Robert Gulya - MovieScore Media
The Blob (and other creepy sounds) - Ralph Carmichael - Monstrous Movie Music
D.O.A. - Dimitri Tiomkin - Screen Archives
George and the Dragon - Gert Waltzing - MovieScore Media
Haunting Villisca - David James Nielsen - MovieScore Media
The Intruder and other music - Herman Stein - Monstrous Movie Music
Legendary Hollywood: Alfred Newman - Alfred Newman - Citadel
Like Minds (Murderous Intent) - Carlo Giacco - MovieScore Media
Martin/Pollock - Donald Rubinstein - Perseverance
The Monster Squad - Bruce Broughton - Intrada Special Collection
The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep - James Newton Howard - Sony Classical


September 14 - Franz Waxman begins recording his score to Cimarron (1960)
September 14 - Sol Kaplan's score to the Star Trek episode "The Enemy Within" is recorded (1966)
September 15 - Gail Kubik born (1914)
September 15 - Oliver Wallace died (1963)
September 16 - Alfred Newman begins recording his score to The Best of Everything (1959)
September 18 - Dee Barton born (1937)
September 18 - A Streetcar Named Desire is released (1951)
September 18 - The Day the Earth Stood Still opens in New York (1951)
September 18 - Henry Mancini begins recording his score to Bachelor in Paradise (1961)
September 18 - Thomas Newman records his score for the Amazing Stories episode "Santa '85" (1985)
September 18 - Fred Steiner records his score for the Amazing Stories episode "Life on Death Row" (1986)
September 19 - Arthur Benjamin born (1893)
September 19 - Paul Williams born (1940)
September 19 - Vladimir Horunzhy born (1949)
September 19 - Daniel Lanois born (1951)
September 19 - Nile Rodgers born (1952)
September 20 - Frank DeVol born (1911)
September 20 - James Bernard born (1925)
September 20 - John Dankworth born (1927)
September 20 - Mychael Danna born (1958)
September 20 - Fred Steiner's scores to the Star Trek episodes "The Corbomite Maneuver," "Balance of Terror," and "What Are Little Girls Made Of?" are recorded (1966)
September 20 - Sidney Cutner died (1971)
September 20 - Jack Marshall died (1973)



"Cheeky music alternates between composer John Swihart's near-constant chorus of la-la-las and multiple variations on the 'St. Elmo's Fire' theme, 'Man in Motion.'"

Peter DeBruge, Variety


"David Tattersall's sleek wide-screen lensing and gifted production designer Jan Roelfs' rock-hard realist production design magnificently serve pic in every scene, the only deficit being Rolfe Kent's off-putting score."

Robert Koehler, Variety


"The music from Philip Sheppard, which underscores the great space footage, is just right from popular to classical notes."

Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter

SHOOT 'EM UP - Paul Haslinger

"There are signs that writer-director Michael Davis intended this movie to be a spoof along the lines of 'Grindhouse' - upbeat music accompanying the sound of gunshots, for example, and death by insertion of a carrot."

Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle

3:10 TO YUMA - Marco Beltrami

"Despite the heartbeat-ish soundtrack that attempts to build tension throughout, this 'Yuma' doesn't generate the beat-the-clock suspense its title promises."

John DeFore, Austin American Statesman

"Michael McCusker's cutting and the clangy, propulsive score by Marco Beltrami keep a cattle prod on the proceedings."

Todd McCarthy, Variety

"The impressive work extends behind the scenes to Andrew Menzies' effectively parched production design and Marco Beltrami's percolating score, which subtly yet effectively signals 'Yuma''s status as a thinking-person's Western."

Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter

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